Film & Television

Screen Language: The Aesthetics, Grammar and Rhetoric of the Moving Image

COM FT 201 (4 credits)

This course is designed to help students communicate through audio, still images and moving pictures. We will study how films and photographs of various kinds communicate ideas, tell stories, and convey artistic expression. Students will then be given many opportunities to demonstrate their own grasp of fundaments of communication and storytelling through images, sounds and montage. The aim of this course is not simply to reinforce existing rules but rather to test the validity of those norms. Accordingly, students will be asked both to employ and to violate conventions.

2016FALLCOMFT201 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:00 pm 1:30 pm COM 217
2016FALLCOMFT201 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 9:00 am 10:30 am COM 212
2016FALLCOMFT201 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am COM 111
2016FALLCOMFT201 D1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:30 pm 2:00 pm COM B29
2016FALLCOMFT201 E1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 6:00 pm 7:30 pm COM 323
2017SPRGCOMFT201 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM B25
2017SPRGCOMFT201 B1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B29
2017SPRGCOMFT201 C1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B29
2017SPRGCOMFT201 D1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
WF 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM B29
2017SPRGCOMFT201 E1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:30 pm 4:15 pm COM B25
2017SPRGCOMFT201 F1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT201 G1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 323
2017SPRGCOMFT201 H1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm EPC 208
2017SPRGCOMFT201 I1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM B29
2017SPRGCOMFT201 J1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 323
2017SPRGCOMFT201 K1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:30 pm 6:15 pm PRB 148

Understanding Film

COM FT 250 (4 credits)

Understanding Film will introduce students to key aesthetic aspects of film. Students will explore a range of styles and genres in film, including narrative and non-fiction forms, and dominant and alternative styles. Students will also study a variety of historical examples of theses different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. Finally, students will learn to analyze and write about these formal elements, viewing both complete films and individual sequences.

2016FALLCOMFT250 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 6:00 pm 9:00 pm SED 130
2016FALLCOMFT250 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:00 am 12:00 pm COM 217
2016FALLCOMFT250 C1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:00 pm 1:00 pm COM 210
2016FALLCOMFT250 D1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:00 pm 2:00 pm COM 210
2017SPRGCOMFT250 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 8:00 am 9:45 am COM B05
2017SPRGCOMFT250 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:25 pm 2:15 pm COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT250 C1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:30 pm 3:20 pm COM B31

Understanding Television

COM FT 303 (4 credits)

In this course we will examine the ways in which industrial factors and communication policies have shaped the medium that sits in 99% of U.S. homes. We will begin by examining television's roots in radio. The remainder of the course will be broken down into three stages of television history advanced by Rogers, Epstein and Reeves (2002). The first category is TVI- the period of three-network dominance. The next stage, TVII, is characterized by the rise of cable television and the decentering of the three networks. We will conclude the course by considering the current stage of television- TV III- in which the era of "on demand" has further destabilized traditional notions of content, audiences, producers, scheduling and technologies. In addition to tracing this development historically and thematically, we will confront it critically, analyzing the connections between power and money in the medium of television.

2016FALLCOMFT303 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:00 pm 6:00 pm SED 130
2016FALLCOMFT303 C1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:00 pm 1:00 pm COM B31
2016FALLCOMFT303 D1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:00 pm 2:00 pm COM 111
2016FALLCOMFT303 E1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 3:00 pm CGS 121
2017SPRGCOMFT303 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 8:00 am 9:45 am CAS 325
2017SPRGCOMFT303 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm COM B29
2017SPRGCOMFT303 C1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:20 pm 1:10 pm COM B31

Film Industry

COM FT 304 (4 credits)

A survey of current business trends in the motion picture industry. Focuses on script development; studio structure; agents, attorneys, and contracts; independent filmmaking; and distribution.

2016FALLCOMFT304 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:00 pm 9:00 pm CAS 221
2017SPRGCOMFT304 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM B31

Storytelling for Film & Television

COM FT 310 (4 credits)

Required of all undergraduate students in Film & Television. An introduction to the art and craft of storytelling through the moving image. Particular emphasis will be given to writing short scripts. Topics covered include character development and narrative structure as it applies to shorts, features and episodic television.

2016FALLCOMFT310 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:00 pm CAS 522
2016FALLCOMFT310 B1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 4:00 pm COM B29
2016FALLCOMFT310 C1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:00 pm 3:00 pm COM 212
2016FALLCOMFT310 D1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 4:00 pm COM 212
2016FALLCOMFT310 E1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:00 pm 5:00 pm COM 212
2016FALLCOMFT310 F1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:00 pm 5:00 pm COM 217
2016FALLCOMFT310 G1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:00 am 1:00 pm COM 212
2016FALLCOMFT310 H1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 4:00 pm COM 111
2016FALLCOMFT310 I1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:00 am 1:00 pm SOC B67
2017SPRGCOMFT310 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM 101
2017SPRGCOMFT310 B1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 8:00 am 9:45 am COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT310 C1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 8:00 am 9:45 am COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT310 D1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:00 am 10:45 am IEC B13
2017SPRGCOMFT310 E1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 9:00 am 10:45 am SED 205
2017SPRGCOMFT310 F1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 4:15 pm CGS 521
2017SPRGCOMFT310 G1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 4:15 pm MET B02B
2017SPRGCOMFT310 H1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:30 pm 4:15 pm SED 307

Crtve Tv Produc

COM FT 325 (4 credits)

This course description is currently under construction.

2016FALLCOMFT325 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm COM 212
2017SPRGCOMFT325 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:30 pm 6:15 pm COM B25

Production I

COM FT 353 (4 credits)

An intensive course in all the fundamental aspects of motion picture production. Students learn to use cameras, sound recording equipment and editing software and then apply these skills to several short productions. The course emphasizes the language of visual storytelling and the creative interplay of sound and image.

2016FALLCOMFT353 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am COM B31
F 9:00 am 10:30 am COM 100
2016FALLCOMFT353 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm COM B31
F 9:00 am 10:30 am COM 213
2016FALLCOMFT353 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:30 am 1:00 pm COM 100
F 9:00 am 10:30 am COM B31
2016FALLCOMFT353 D1, Sep 6th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am COM 323
F 10:30 am 12:00 pm COM 213
2016FALLCOMFT353 E1, Sep 6th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm COM B29
F 10:30 am 12:00 pm COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT353 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM B31
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT353 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:00 am 10:45 am COM 100
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 326B
2017SPRGCOMFT353 C1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM 100
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT353 E1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm COM 100
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 100
2017SPRGCOMFT353 F1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 326B
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 100
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 323
2017SPRGCOMFT353 G1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 6:30 pm 8:15 pm COM B31
F 8:00 am 9:45 am COM 212

Romantic Comedies and Melodramas

COM FT 401 (4 credits)

This class will view and discuss romantic comedies and domestic melodramas made in Hollywood in the 1930's and 1940's. these films were some of the most popular and culturally significant of their time, involving many of the era's best screenwriters and directors and most prominent stars. The films set standards for dialogue writing, rich characterization, film performance and story structure.

2016FALLCOMFT401 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:30 am 2:00 pm COM B05

Production II

COM FT 402 (4 credits)

Intermediate motion picture production with an emphasis on narrative storytelling, high definition cinematography, sync-sound location recording, and multi-track editing. Students develop, produce, direct, shoot, record and edit medium-length productions that are of film festival quality, and which can be incorporated into highlight and demo reels.

2016FALLCOMFT402 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 11:00 am 1:00 pm COM 100
F 9:00 am 10:30 am COM 326B
2016FALLCOMFT402 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 3:30 pm 5:30 pm COM 323
MW 3:30 pm 5:30 pm COM 326B
F 10:30 am 12:00 pm COM 326B
2016FALLCOMFT402 C1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 9:00 am 11:00 am COM 100
F 10:30 am 12:00 pm COM 100
2017SPRGCOMFT402 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 213
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM 326B
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 100
2017SPRGCOMFT402 B1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 215
F 10:10 am 11:55 am COM B25
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM 326B

Asian Cinema

COM FT 404 (4 credits)

Surveys important and influential films from India, Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and elsewhere in East Asia from the 1950s to the present, taking in the work of such directors as Satyajit Ray, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Zhang Yimou, Tsai Ming-liang, and Wong Kar-wai. The course is designed to make students familiar with foundational styles of realism and fantasy in Asian film and with ways Asian films address changes and evolution in Asian culture and society. The course should help students understand certain traditions in Asian film, and prepare them to engage critically with the ever burgeoning, new, and compelling filmmaking that comes from this part of the world.

Screenwriting II

COM FT 411 (4 credits)

Writing the feature-length narrative film; creation of characters, narrative outline; writing the first draft of an original screenplay.

2016FALLCOMFT411 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 5:00 pm COM B27
2016FALLCOMFT411 C1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:00 pm 6:00 pm COM B25
2016FALLCOMFT411 D1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 5:00 pm COM B31
2017SPRGCOMFT411 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm IEC B13
2017SPRGCOMFT411 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 2:00 pm COM 323
2017SPRGCOMFT411 C1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:30 pm 5:15 pm SED 205

Screenwriting III

COM FT 412 (4 credits)

Writing an original (second) feature-length screenplay (a first draft and set of revisions required). Further study of dramatic structure: tone and rhythm.

2017SPRGCOMFT412 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm COM 215

Acting for Directors and Writers

COM FT 456 (4 credits)

Develops the director's knowledge and understanding of actors --the "human equipment" of filmmaking--through direct acting experience. Students learn the language and tools of the craft through sensory exercises, improvisation, text analysis, and scene study.

2016FALLCOMFT456 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 9:00 am 12:00 pm COM 323
2016FALLCOMFT456 B1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 1:00 pm 4:00 pm SED 212
2017SPRGCOMFT456 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 9:15 pm COM 215
2017SPRGCOMFT456 B1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM 215

American Masterworks

COM FT 457 (4 credits)

Subjects vary with the instructor. Directors discussed include D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, King Vidor, Frank Borzage, Victor Fleming, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, John Huston, Elia Kazan, George Cukor, Orson Welles, Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, and Woody Allen.

International Masterworks

COM FT 458 (4 credits)

Subjects vary with the instructor. Directors discussed include Carl Dreyer, Satyajit Ray, Sergei Eisenstein, V. I. Pudovkin, Jean Renoir, Rene Clair, Andrzej Wajda, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Luis Buñuel.

2017SPRGCOMFT458 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm COM B05

Hi-Def Production

COM FT 465 (4 credits)

This course allows students to write, shoot, edit and complete a short "film" entirely in the High Definition digital video format. Students use state-of-the-art High Definition cameras and complete the post-production process in the new Ezratti HD Lab created for High Definition editing and screening. The "films" are produced using professional actors and are targeted for film festival entry. A previous project from this class won the First Place prize at the 2009 Redstone Film Festival. 2nd Sem

Production III

COM FT 468 (4 credits)

This is an honors thesis class for undergraduates who have taken Production II as well as other high-level production classes, such as Directing, Cinematography, Sound Design, Motion Picture Editing, etc. Students apply to the class as either as producers, directors, cinematographers, editors, sound designers and production designers. Directors submit scripts for consideration. The production faculty then selects eight directors, based on the scripts and each candidate's previous work. Faculty then selects the producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, and production designers based on their previous production work and their ability to work as members of a team. The class forms production teams to make eight thesis- quality films that can compete with the best student films in America. Maximum running time for each film is fifteen minutes.

2016FALLCOMFT468 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 1:00 pm 5:00 pm COM 326B
T 1:00 pm 5:00 pm COM 323

Directed Studies

COM FT 491 (Var credits)

Individual projects; opportunity for advanced students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.

2017SPRGCOMFT491EA1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD
2017SPRGCOMFT491EHW, Dec 31st to Dec 31st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD

Directed Studies

COM FT 492 (Var credits)

Individual projects; opportunity for advanced students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.

2016FALLCOMFT492 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Internship

COM FT 493 (Var credits)

Opportunity for students to gain professional experience at television and radio stations, film and video production houses, and other media institutions. Responsibilities vary. Availability depends on market needs.

2016FALLCOMFT493 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493EA1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493EAK, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493EDP, Dec 31st to Dec 31st 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493EDR, Dec 31st to Dec 31st 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493ELP, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493EMP, Dec 31st to Dec 31st 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493EPP, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493ESD, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLCOMFT493ESH, Dec 31st to Dec 31st 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD
2017SPRGCOMFT493EA1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD
2017SPRGCOMFT493EHW, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2017SPRGCOMFT493EWP, Dec 31st to Dec 31st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD